Marc and Lauren Gilbert from Houston, Texas say they heard a strange voice coming from their 2-year old daughters bedroom.
Marc Gilbert was washing dishes on the night of August 10, when he heard the noises coming from his daughter’s room. He and his wife went in to see what they were hearing, “Right away I knew something was wrong,” he told ABC News. That’s when they witnessed something more disturbing than they ever thought would be possible.
A voice coming through the baby monitor, that was hooked up to the home’s wireless Internet, appeared to be operating on its own. CNN reports that the hacker used the device to curse and say sexually explicit things to the 2-year old sleeping girl.
As the parents got closer to the room, they heard the voice calling his daughter by name an “effing moron,” and telling her, “wake up you little s***.”
The hacker then began shouting expletives at her parents and calling Gilbert a stupid moron and his wife a b****.
“At that point I ran over and disconnected it and tried to figure out what happened,” said Gilbert. “[I] Couldn’t see the guy. All you could do was hear his voice and [that] he was controlling the camera.”
Allyson is deaf, so she has cochlear implants. Thankfully, we had them off, and she didn’t hear any of it and she slept right through it,” said Gilbert. “It’s somewhat of a blessing,” said Gilbert of his daughters’ hearing impairment. “If she had heard it it would have been a big problem.”
While Gilbert did not report this incident to the police, he says he and his wife are still shaken up and wary about publicizing the story for fear of endangering his children. He was also reluctant to provide photographs of his children.
However, the Gilbert’s did call their internet service provider, who said to check passwords on the device. He is leaving the device permanently unplugged.
“I don’t think it ever will be connected again,” he said. “I think we are going to go without the baby monitor now.”
For parents worried about their own home monitors being hacked, Dave Chronister, who is the managing partner of Parameter Security tells CBS news, “Make sure you punch in a password and make sure it’s long.”
He also recommends using Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) to set up a password because it uses better encryption standards and is very difficult to crack, especially combined with a good password.
“The thing to understand is that not all hackers have pointed at you as a target. You just happened to have a device that they know how to hack, so they hack it,” Chronister says.
Family in Shock After Baby Monitor Hacking
Marc Gilbert says he was doing the dishes following his birthday celebration when he heard strange sounds coming from 2-year-old Allyson’s bedroom. He discovered they were coming from the baby monitor.